Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant - Milwaukee

4.7
2021 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION: Per CDC recommendations, all reservations are limited to 90 minutes. Face coverings are required for all guests during the following instances: When walking in at any of the restaurants, when ordering or addressing a Bartolotta employee, or when walking in common areas. We have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time. We appreciate your support in keeping our employees, guests, and community safe and healthy by following our guidelines: https://www.bartolottas.com/reopening.

Located at the base of Milwaukee’s famed Cudahy Tower, Bacchus welcomes guests
with reservations five days per week (Tuesday through Saturday), with two menus to
choose from – a customizable three-course signature menu and a five-course tasting
menu; both conceived by Executive Chef Nick Wirth and The Bartolotta Restaurants
Owner and Co-Founder Chef Paul Bartolotta.

Support Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant - Milwaukee during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2021 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. Service was fine; waiter kept pushing to up sell bottles of wine even after we told him three times what we wanted. When the bill came, I added my rewards information and he grabbed the check without asking if I wanted to use any of my $500 worth of points. I’ve had the most amazing service here in the past, so the bar is very high. Normally we don’t have to fill our own water and wine glasses throughout dinner. We will definitely be back; hopefully the service will match the talent in the kitchen, which Is the best in Milwaukee.

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KaylaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining at a fancy restaurant! I’m glad my first time was at Bacchus. Will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding three-course meal with delicious venison main course and rich German chocolate for desert. We were pleased. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers Darius and Alan were amazing. Personable and professional. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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Yoavm
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely come back. The food, service and ambiance were all that we were hoping for and more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and we had the best waiter ever

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit was fantastic ! Gabby, our server ,was probably the best I’ve ever had. She was on top of things, very conversational, attentive, resolved a conflict quick and kindly. I would come back again just to have her as a server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience, food was amazing and tasty
Try this place out

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I made reservations for Valentine’s Day, when we arrived the hostess informed us that they were running 15 to 20 minutes late, so our 8:30 reservation was pushed to nearly 9:00. The server team was inattentive, they forgot to deliver our amuse bouche and never refilled our water or topped up our wine. Then, as we were were eating desert, the music suddenly became very loud and then was turned off. elt like a “hurry up, we’re closing” hint. It was not the fine dining experience we had anticipated. The food was very good but their standards for service should be much higher.

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vipPatricia
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was definitely not up to the usual high quality that we expect from Bartolotta. They were running behind and we had to stand out in the very cold lobby while waiting for our table. (I understand that it is due to space restrictions for Covid.) Service was slow and we felt rushed through dinner to meet the 90 minute timeline. Cocktails took a long time to get to the table and mine was wrong so we had to send it back. The Valentine menu choices were disappointing and they would not make any alterations. I really wanted the tenderloin, but it came with scallops to which my husband is allergic. They said they could leave them off but would still charge the $10 up charge even though I wasn't getting the scallops. I ended up getting the NY Strip, which was well prepared but not my favorite cut of meat and way more meat than I would ever eat. Disappointing to spend $95 a person on a meal that was just ok.

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BridgetL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was looking forward to our night out. The ambiance was weird having to keep masking up as the waiter returned. Hard to relax and enjoy our meal.

The food was average for a Bartollota restaurant. Steak was overdone on the outside. The inside was fine. The amuse duo was silly. I know they are down due to COVID and can increase the pricing for Valentines day but I don't think the menu was work $105 for my 3 course meal. I will go to Lake Park Bistro next time instead.

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Juniper
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Made us wait in the cold lobby 25 minutes past our reserved time. Food was good but not outstanding. Small portions.

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Warren
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the 3-course option with a wine pairing, it was fantastic. We had a 90-minute time limit and didn't feel rushed. Start to finish it was a great meal, the amuse-bouche and the petit filet medallions were fantastic. Dessert took us for a decadent ride.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside of having excessive mask requirements, the staff and food was outstanding. Will not return until a mask policy is more reasonable.

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DGB0109
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food and service was outstanding. There tends to be a perception that high-end restaurants are overpriced in their mediocrity--I have experienced this myself, particularly in New York. That is not the case at Bacchus. In fact (and perhaps this is due to COVID--but kudos to them especially if so!), the prices were relatively moderate compared to the quality of the food. I would have easily expected to pay more for the quality.

And though the ambiance and professionalism of the staff and setting were par excellence, there was not an air of superiority or snobbishness at all. And, somehow, the venue neatly combined a classical feel with modern chic. All-in-all, it was a great venue for our engagement dinner, and I would highly recommend.

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Allean
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday. The food and service was awesome.

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mrginolive
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience and outstanding service. Our waiter Veronica and another lovely lady delivered a great customer experience.

Food was fantastically delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing!

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vipKerryandGaby
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3 course dinner was amazing!!!!

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vipJamesD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. We prefer more formal environments and Bacchus was more minimalist. That is not a criticism, but just a statement of fact.

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite, My girlfriend and I both ordered 3 course meals and from the carpaccio, to the tuna tartare, to the garlic chicken and more not a bite went unfinished or un enjoyed. Most certainly will be back!

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vipKatie
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone should go to Bacchus! Amazing food, esp with wine pairings, servers are so nice, and so clean and spaced out and beautiful!

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vipHeatherL
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! As a diner with food allergies the staff made amazing adjustments ! I can’t say enough for how wonderful they waitstaff and chef made my experience! Thank you :)

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vipMoMC
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only fixed price menus. Not good if you wish to give up dessert as it is included.

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ChanT
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice dinner, food was good. I felt the restaurant may have been understaffed. Our wait team seemed a little rushed at times. Attention to details was not there, for example the table was not cleared before the next course was brought out, waiter just handing you your plate across the table, we had to ask for utensils. Overall was a good dinner though.

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BT9393
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and the staff was very helpful and professional.

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vipKatie
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Service was top notch. Best wine pairings. Thank you for social distancing. Everyone needs to go here.

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Josiah
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

For an extremely special date-night, Bacchus was a nice restaurant to visit.

My wife, infant daughter, and I had a pleasant evening there. (Our daughter thankfully was pretty happy throughout the evening, but we don't plan to bring her back. It's just not that kind of restaurant.)

The place is elegant, the service becoming of the establishment, and the food the highly unique experience one would expect when paying $65 per person before additional costs.

We called to ask where the entrance was -- it is on the north west side of the building, facing the street to the north.

The lyrics to the music felt rather depressing at times -- perhaps it is just a sign of the times? But there was one song that I really enjoyed, something along the lines of "Leave the lights on; it may be night when I get home."

One thing that could have been improved is that when serving a group where one member is gluten-free, it is good to take extra precautions. We neglected to ask that the entire table be gluten free -- if they had asked us, we could have shared our dishes more confidently. However, they use a three-signature process to guarantee that food is gluten free, which helped give us confidence that it would be.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Bacchus! Great service, exceptional food with a unique menu. The owner even came out and thanked us for dining at his restaurant. We will be back! :)

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ChristineN
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, we enjoyed the lower noise levels from fewer tables due to Covid. Food was perfect as usual. We keep going back for a reason!

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vipOshkoshTraveler
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we've come to expect from a Bartolotta restaurant: Great food, excellent wine list and fantastic service. The Covid safeguards they have put in place are remarkable. Glad they're back!

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Beachlover
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Their Covid protocols are over the top..having to pay to have the area cleaned is expected and shouldn't be charged additionally. And the time requirement of 90 minutes was ridiculous - For what we paid for dinner if we wanted to be there for 2 hours or 21/2 hours so be it. The food was good but not outstanding. And finally, having to put your mask up every time a server came toward our table was ridiculous and annoying!

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TerrryS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely 3 course dinner last night, everything was outstand, food excellent!

JD
JoanneD
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was just perfect! Thank you so much! AND bonus, we got to see Zoe!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were fantastic! The food was AMAZING! We really enjoyed ourselves. We will be back!

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AraceliR
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Staff/servers were amazing and sweet. Very welcoming and helped us have a great experience while taking caring precautions to help our party feel safe during this Pandemic. Enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal, every dish was so tasty with amazing appetizers. Couldn't have asked for a better place to have our office Christmas dinner.
Thank You!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was Awesome!

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JasonO
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe visiting this restaurant and thought that Bacchus took appropriate Covid safety measures. Even with Covid safety measures it was a very pleasurable and intimate dining experience. I hope that even post Covid, Bacchus continues to use dividers between booth seating. The dividers helped make the setting more intimate.

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vipBrookfield
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did a pre-Christmas dinner with family as we won’t be together with on Christmas. This place is amazing! From the moment we arrived until we left, every detail was handled with grace. Our server, Patrick, is a real pro. Joe, the maitre’d was great too. The food taste and presentation was over-the-top. A bit pricey, yes, but with every penny! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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TylerM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was outstanding. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. 10/10!

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Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant - Milwaukee is rated 4.7 stars by 2021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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